Watermark Exhibition at Faculty of Fine Arts Chiang Mai
by Sasi Victoire
Hand coloured etching 500x 100
In recent years both Chiang Mai, Thailand and North Queensland, Australia have been subjected to heavy flooding, loss of lives, loss of property and devastation due to a deluge of water.
Both countries have been impacted by water. It is a commodity so precious for life yet with a paradoxical capacity to devastate humankind by either its scarcity or by its abundance.
These shared experiences reinforce the need for awareness of climate change while highlighting the amazing resilience shown by people to surmount difficulties under the impact of water.
Victoire uses visual elements from both Australian as well as Thai communities to inform her work.
The title alludes to the reliance on mark making, a process extensively used in printmaking. It also refers to the physical and the psychological marks left by the effect of the abundance or scarcity of water on humanity.
Victoire lives in close proximity to water at the edge of the Barron River in Cairns on the edge of the Barron River Conservation Park. Daily walks across the river provide a constant reassessment of the role of water.
The residency provides the artist with the opportunity to challenge herself in a foreign environment and bring new influences to her work.
The exhibition opens on 25th January at 6pm and continues till 8th February 2013.
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